Winter storm warnings in effect for northern Saskatchewan, Manitoba regions

Freezing rain, over 10 centimetres of snow and gusts of wind causing blowing snow - weather for northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan looks nasty over the next 24 hours.

Most of Saskatchewan, along with western portions of Manitoba including Flin Flon, are under winter storm warnings as a harsh weather system passes across the region. The system is coming in from the west and Saskatchewan will see the brunt of it before it reaches Flin Flon.

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The system will bring freezing rain and heavy snow throughout northern areas, particularly through the La Ronge and Pelican Narrows areas Jan. 13. Some northern Saskatchewan areas are expected to receive between 10-20 centimetres of snow and up to eight millimetres of ice build-up. Wind gusts are also expected to blow snow in open areas.

Manitoba is likely to also see snow and freezing rain, but not on the same scale as northern Saskatchewan. Snowfall in communities like Flin Flon, Snow Lake and others in the region are likely to see slippery surfaces and at least 10 cenitmetres of snow, with the snow ending Thursday afternoon.

According to the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline, several highways in northeast Saskatchewan, including Highway 106, are listed as "winter conditions exist" as of 6 p.m. Jan. 13, with icy or slippery sections and frost on pavement. No roads in the region have yet been closed due to the weather.


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